A new sports bar will open in Derby town center this spring

A new sports bar will open this spring in the former premises of the Las Iguanas restaurant in Derby town centre. The Latin American-themed channel permanently closed its Friar Gate site when it failed to reopen after the coronavirus lockdown in the summer of 2020.

The unit has since stood empty, but will soon become The Clubhouse, an “upmarket sports bar and experiential bar” run by Derby Brewing. The site will have multiple screens for football, rugby, cricket, golf and tennis fans to watch their favorite sports teams and players in action.

There will also be “high-energy group games” including shuffleboard, beer pong, table football and a karaoke booth available at the new venue, which is expected to open in May. On the menu, “artisanal pizzas”, “gourmet burgers” and a range of southern-style fried chicken.

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Derby Brewing, which recently underwent a rebranding leaving behind its former title of Derby Brewing Company, will also offer a wide range of beverages with craft beers, world lagers, beers, wines and spirits, as well as a menu of shots and cocktails. It will become the family-owned craft brewer’s sixth location.

Paul Harris, Managing Director of Derby Brewing, said: “We had been looking for the perfect location for a sporting and high-energy experience venue for some time and are delighted to have been awarded such a fantastic venue.

“We are extremely excited to bring this new concept to Derby, combining great sport, interactive group games, good times and great food and drink. Combining interactive games and our version of a high-end sports bar range will make it a staple for any Derby party out.”

The five existing Derby Brewing locations are The Tap, in Derwent Street, The Greyhound, also in Friar Gate, The Hole In The Wall micro-pub, in Mickleover, The Pig in Lichfield and The Middle Bell, in Barton-under- Needwood.

Estée Coulthard-Boardman, of FHP Property Consultants who leased the site, said: “It has been a pleasure to work with Derby Brewing – I am delighted to be letting this property to a successful local Derby business which has grown and strengthened year after year. adding new places to its portfolio.

“Their new concept ‘The Clubhouse’ will be a unique addition to Derby’s hospitality scene offering not only great food and drink, but also fun and games – a Derby occupant finally jumping on the socializing bandwagon competitive. I look forward to seeing their brilliant ideas come to life and wish them the best of luck.


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